I've always found that the holiday gifts I most enjoy giving and receiving are the ones that come from makers and artisans rather than big corporate stores. I always prefer to shop at the many spectacular locally owned businesses around Buffalo. I try to support local whenever I can, but I realize it's not an option for everyone. Thankfully, Aha Life is a wonderful alternative. It's an online retailer that works with over 4000 designers and artisans in 45+ countries around the globe to offer some truly beautiful and unique products that you won't find anywhere else.
I was lucky enough to be gifted some credit for the site last year and discovered some amazing skincare products including my now favorite facial cleanser and eye cream, both of which I've included in my Aha Life holiday gift guide, below.
Aha Life has a wide array or items - not just small batch beauty products. There's limited edition artwork, handmade ceramics, wellness supplements, jewelry and accessories, teas; herbs; and pantry items, and so much more. All of it crafted by small, independent designers and makers, rather than large corporations. You can find items in any price range, but for this gift guide I decided to stick with things that are under $100. Of course, if you're looking for a $12,000 ashtray, or a $38,000 decorative mini surfboard featuring a machine gun crafted out of real currency, they have that too.